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Researcher for Nonprofit focused on Fosters and Adoptees

Importance of Position: Power of Story is a new nonprofit in the foster care and adoption space. We are laser focused on the importance of fosters and adoptees stories. However, because of the lack of focus in this area historically, we are piecing together data to harness stories well. A volunteer researcher will help gather information using the internet as a primary source.
Some ideas for researcher tasks are as follows:
·       Adding data to the following lists
·       Foster Care Record Retention State by State: Having access to your personal information is a basic human right, however, foster care records are not forever. See the laws that govern retention and destruction.
·       Foster Youth’s Medical Information and Stories State By State: Each state varies in the documentation of foster youth’s medical info, social history and life stories. To work together, we must understand these differences.
·       Gathering resources for youth, families and professionals
·       Gathering facts around the history of Child Welfare/Foster Care Laws around the Power of Story
·       Gathering contact information for key individuals to connect with (policy makers, other nonprofit leaders, etc.)
· Enjoys searching down information online
· Attention to detail
· Enthusiastic and proactive
· Comfortable taking and idea and running with it
· Desire to support POWER OF STORY’s mission
Reports to: Executive Director
· Attendance at 1-hour initial training and 1 board meeting annually (both can be virtual)
· Track and report volunteer hours
· Maintain a respectful relationship with clients, staff, and other volunteers
· Research ideas from Executive Director
· Suggest further ideas for research as you become knowledgeable about what data is there and is not there
· Other duties as assigned
Compensation: no financial compensation, but lots of benefits (see below)
Benefits of Volunteering:
· Give back to youth and young people.
· Connect with others who are also passionate about this work.
· Volunteering is good for your mind and body.
· Volunteering provides career experience + teaches valuable job skills.
· Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
Volunteer Shifts: Flexible 3-4 hours per week, biweekly check-in with other volunteers
Commitment: At least 6 months, 1-year minimum preferred

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